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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moving on up

It's only Wednesday but we've had a fairly eventful week so far! The twins (finally!) started their transition to the Toddler room at daycare on Monday. Yes, this of course has an impact on them, but if we're going to be honest, the biggest and most exciting change resulting from this transition is that we don't have to prepare/pack/send food with them anymore!!!!

Seriously, there are not enough exclamation points to sufficiently express my our excitement about this. Ever since they started eating solids on a regular basis (6 months), we have packed 4+ beverages, 4 snacks, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts every.single.weeknight. That also means we have unpacked and cleaned as many containers, bottles, sippy cups, etc. every.single.weeknight. That also means I have had to plan ahead and grocery shop for portable (and nut-free!) snacks and meals on a weekly basis.

Ok I'll stop ranting about my (majorly first world working mom) problem, but being able to drop the twins off at school with just a sippy cup and breakfast feels a little bit like winning the lottery. We tried giving them their breakfast before leaving for the day, but it took too long and made too much of a mess to deal with before leaving the house at 6:55 am, as evidenced by this yogurt-fiend:

Notice the pitch black darkness in the background.

In an effort to simplify meal-planning in general, we have also decided to just start making extra servings of whatever we make for dinner for the week and giving the same meal to the twins. This was the plan all along, but until they started being able to use utensils pretty well, it wasn't always feasible because we eat a lot of casseroles that aren't necessarily easy to pick up with little fingers… especially when those little fingers belong to hungry, impatient little toddlers after a long day at school! So this week we have all been eating this sour cream noodle bake and I'm happy to report it has been a hit with the wee ones as well… victory!

All this to say, the transition is going well for all 4 of us but all of the excitement seems to be exhausting the twins a tad, particularly our littlest girl. For the past 2 evenings, she has been (extra) manic and majorly clingy.

This is how we spent most of Monday evening between dinner and bedtime.

And here she is on Tuesday after a particularly impressive tantrum. Please note the tired eyes.

So that's what's going on in our world. Also important to note: Brian and I have both been working on the cookie butter and haven't polished it off entirely yet. If that's not self-control, I don't know what is.

Oh, and even more important to note: the Olivers will be here as RESIDENTS in 9 days. EEEEK! 

Happy October! 

6 comments:

Brittnie said...

Yay for no longer having to pack ALL the things, ALL the time!! (Even though Clara's eyes are sad/tired from her tantrum, she is still pretty darn cute!!)

the blogivers said...

I'm with you, Clara: change is hard! If I'm a mess after our upcoming move, I'll come over every night to be manic/throw tantrums with you.

Natasha said...

Oh my word. I didn't realize you were packing up all the food for the twins EVERY NIGHT. Yikes. I will now stop complaining about the packing/unpacking/washing/drying repeat cycle of Sam's two nutrition breaks every day :)

What are you going to do with all of your free time?

Brittany Sciba said...

Making all of that food sounds like so much work!! I'm so happy you don't have to do that anymore. Also, I'm truly amazed that all FOUR of you make one meal last an entire week!

Erika said...

Geeeeez!! You'll be able to take up a new hobby or save the world or something with all your free evening time now!!! Wooo!

kayla Agan said...

So do you like triple the recipe to keep one dinner going all week? Please explain! :)